The assignment this weekend was to try “multiple exposure photography”.
In class, we went over the following guidelines:
- Start off in a dark room (no lights at all besides external flash)
- Steady your camera on something that won’t move, like a tripod
- If not using a tripod, try propping something up under the lens to keep it from moving
- ISO should be at 100 or 200, keep it low
- Use a long exposure/shutter speed (20 or 30 seconds is best)
- Pop the flash with each move that you make
I also googled “multiple exposure photography” pictures and used those as inspiration.
(Quality of this picture is low, I realize that)
In this picture, you can see that the person moved a couple times to create multiple exposures. This was something that people would do by accident way back when, but now it is a fun experiment to try.
This is the result. I’m not very impressed with this. The picture has light all around it, so you can see everything. I’m not sure how this happened, I followed the instructions. You can kind of see that there are three different koala bears, but I’m not super pleased with the way it turned out. I had all the lights off, but all of the other distracting items are in the background (stuffed animals, coasters, lamp, pillows without their cases).
I went and read this article on double exposures. It helped a little bit. I also noticed that the pictures on that article have light all around them. So I guess it’s up to the photographer if they have light or no light on the edges. I’m going to try this again tonight.
So I went back and tried this with a
better different background.
- ISO 100
- APERTURE f/10
- SHUTTER SPEED 20 seconds
This picture came out a bit dark. That’s probably because I didn’t have the flash directly on the subject but more to the side. I didn’t see more than one koala bear here. Here, I had the same problem with lighting but I at least had more than one bear.
Next, I switched to this plastic dinosaur. I’m happier with this picture than the first set of pictures.
These last two have more light in them than the koala bear pictures. I think this is because I had moved the tripod and camera, as well as the light box.
When I look at pictures of this type of photography I think it’s really neat, but I’m not too pleased with how my pictures turned out. I do like the way the dinosaurs look though. This was a good project because it made me experiment with different settings and whatnot, and it also forced me to think about what I was doing with my camera. Also, the second time around I held the transmitter in my hand rather than attaching it to my camera. This made it SO much easier to get the flash to pop and I also could look away from the flash (to avoid being blinded).